Wetlands are extremely crucial to the survival of many species whose lives are sustained by it. It is estimated that up to 76 per cent of these species are under threat. Highlighting this theme, Dubai will host the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) on October 21. The nine-day conference will see the attendance of over 1000 academics and delegates representing NGOs and governments from across the world.
The conference is being sponsored by the Dubai Municipality and will witness intense discussions and debates that will center around wetland management. The conference is themed ‘Wetlands for A Sustainable Urban Future’ and will have countries in attendance that are privy to the convention that seeks to implement ways and means for wetland management.
The UAE joined the convention in 2007 and has seven sites that cover an area of 34,978 hectares, with three more sites in the pipeline. The need for such an event is even more significant in light of the challenges and dangers that confront the thriving of a diverse biosphere.